Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Scarlet

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that highlights upcoming books that we're dying to read.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is:

title: Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles Book 2)
author: Marissa Meyer
book birthday: February 5, 2013


Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

TTT again hosted by the broke and bookish. today is: Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished (because either you didn't like them, you just have procrastinated, etc.)

1. anna dressed in blood by kendare blake because i just got the sequel and my sister is reading it -__-

2. wolves of mercy falls by maggie stiefvater because i can't get through the last book, as much as i love the series idk why. mayb just procrastinating.

3. graceling series by kristin cashore because i just got bitterblue from the library and i want to finish perks of being a wallflower first.

4. mists of avalon because i kind of lost interest in it for a while.

5. mortal instruments series because i lost interest. i think cassandra clare should have stopped with the 3rd book n stuck with writing the infernal devices.

6. wicked lovely series by melissa marr because i lost interest and started reading other things. i do want to get into it again though because i did love the first book so much.

7. fairytale retelling series by jackson pearce because i hate that they changed the book covers to something so generic. this is what the sweetly cover is now:

8. itazura na kiss by kaoru tada because... idk why. this is definitely procrastination. i keep saying i'm going to get book 9 and i keep forgetting.

9. black butler by yana toboso because... idk. the story is very interesting. i guess i've been paying more attention to other books higher up on my TBR list.

10. the chemical garden series by lauren destefano because i wasn't to interested in it. i do want to read fever and sever eventually to see where the story goes.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review: Something like Normal by Trish Doller

title: Something Like Normal
author: Trish Doller
book birthday: June 19, 2012
stars: 4

I was so excited to read this book. A guy goes to the army, he gets jaded by his girlfriend who left him for his brother and his family is falling apart when a long comes this girl and stuff happens. I wanted to know what stuff happened XD But in the end, this book left me wanting more in a bad way. I do think the book is successful as a debut novel. It reminded me of the books I had to study in creative writing. It followed the classic story arc:
I did love the story. Travis is a memorable flawed character. Harper down to earth and has a lot of spunk that makes you cheer her on. My problem is with the ending. I won't give away too many spoilers but if you don't want to know anything then stop reading now.

I think everything was resolved wayyyyyyyy too quickly and easily. Travis decided to get help, yes that is all fine and dandy. HOWEVER, everything ends like "they all lived happily ever after" even though people still have their flaws, everyone is happy. Again, it reminds me of a classic story arc or the basic 101 of writing a story. A flawed character, a dysfunctional family, an apprehensive love interest. The character grows a little but makes some mistakes along the way. He lives, he learns and then gets a clue. He wants to change but his mistake gets in the way of what he wants. Things start to unravel and fall apart. When things seem like it can't get any lower, the someone gives sound advice and he takes the step to make the change and is content for the time being. Everyone is happy, but you know things won't always stay that way because they are human and that is the beauty of it.

That was the issue I have with this book. The characters are human, however at the end of the book the suspension of disbelief is broken and somehow things don't seem plausible anymore. I want to see Travis get help and to see how hard it is for him. Or maybe see the fear that Harper and Travis have when he goes back to the war. What will happen then? Oh, and does Travis' mom really take back her husband that easily? Seriously??? Doller doesn't ask these questions and I was left asking these questions.

Don't get me wrong, I did like this book. When/if I become an English teacher I will probably use this to teach about story arc or how it's ok to make a family ugly and dysfunctional. My thing is I don't like being left wanting more this way. It's a love/hate relationship with this book. Kind of like when I read If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I HATE the ending, but I love the book. I'm so glad she wrote a sequel ^_^.

Anyway, go read Something Like Normal for yourself and let me know if you agree or disagree.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that highlights upcoming books that we're dying to read.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is:

 The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
book birthday: October 23, 2012


The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in this gripping sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet

TTT again hosted by the broke and bookish. today is Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet (Authors, Bloggers, etc.). here is my list:

1. Jane Austen- i want to ask her personally how it was to be a full-time female writer in her time.

2. Neil Gaiman- who wouldnt want to meet neil gaiman???

3. the teen buyer for b&n- i want to meet this guy to ask him why he keeps putting the same books over and over on the "teen tough stuff" and other displays when there is so much variety out there.

4. susane colasanti- i almost met her once at one of the teen author festivals. i also have her as a friend on facebook ^_^ she seems like a great person to know, very down to earth and all that.

 5. jackson pearce- i want to ask her why oh why the cover for sweetly was changed from what it was on the hardcover and why it now looks like so many other teen novels :/

6.  marrissa meyer- i want to meet the genius that wrote cinder. that was the first book in so long that had me upset that i didnt have the sequel to grab next. 

7. the writers of the broke and the bookish, the story siren and the fantasy book critic- because i love reading your blogs.

8. david levithan- another author i almost met at one of the teen author festivals. i want to talk to him about what it was like to write something like will grayson, will grayson for teens but then write the lover's dictionary for adults.

9. junot diaz- admittedly i have met him once before but i would love to meet him again to ask him about his new book of short stories. honestly i did like drown more than oscar wao.

10. holly black- because i loved loved loved tithe and i absolutely adore her short stories. i would really like to meet authors who have made it in the literary world writing short stories. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

waiting on wednesday: the curiosities

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by breaking the spine, that highlights the books you are dying to come out.

This week's selection is:

Publication date: 10/28/2012

from goodreads:

From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

- A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
- Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
- A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author's comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

So, are you curious now?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

My Fall TBR List

TTT again. i feel bad i havent done this in a while :/ today is top ten books on my "TO BE READ" list.

1. girl of nightmares by kendare blake- who would not want to read the sequel to anna dress in blood? oh and if u have not read anna dressed in blood go read it now!

2. carnival of souls by melissa marr- something new from melissa marr? yes please ^_^

3.  son by lois lowry- the finale to the giver series.

4.  city of lost souls by cassandra clare - i read the other 4 in the series. i was not crazy about the 4th book, but i want to know what happens next.

5. the raven boys by maggie stiefvater - i loved the narration in the wolves of mercy falls series so i am anxious to read this story.

6. finale by becca fitzpatrick - i want to see how the hush hush series ends. personally, i did not like the second and third book. i think the author was rushing it a bit.

7. white crow by marcus sedgwick - a story told from 3 different perspectives including a priest. it sounds creepy and haunting ^_^

8. bitterblue by kristin cashore - i recently finished fire and i am anxious to see what bitterblue has in store.

9. the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky - everyone at work is telling me to read it >.<

10. the land of stories by chris colfer - this has been selling so well at the store. i am curious to see what this guy from glee has to offer.